Japan Establishes First Blockchain Industry Organization, Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC)

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Japan’s first Blockchain industry organization has been established called the Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC).

The group consists of some three dozen Japanese companies interested in carrying out research and development and implementation of Blockchain technology in Japan. The group plans to raise awareness of Blockchain technology in Japan.

BCCC President Yoichiro Hirano OF Infoteria Co., Ltd. announced that it has established on April 25th at a press conference in Japan. 

Blockchain technology is not just at the heart of FinTech (Financial Technology) therefore gaining popularity, but it is about to contribute significantly to the evolution of information systems in just about every industry. Prior to the formation of this consortium, knowledge and achievements related to blockchain in Japan weren’t shared, so the scope of applications was limited. Therefore, we who believe in the future of blockchain technology, strive to help Japan stay competitive and contribute to the evolution of blockchain technology by sharing information, competing fairly, promoting blockchain, actively expanding the scope of blockchain applications, and supporting funding for blockchain research. We will coordinate with other blockchain organizations around the world. We will bring home what we learn from overseas, and as a leading country of blockchain technology, we will disseminate our expertise and experience globally.

Founding member companies(34 companies, in alphabetical order)

Arara inc
BASE, Inc.
BtcBox Co.,Ltd.
Bitbank, inc
Clover Lab.,inc.
Consensus Base LLC.
ConsenSys
CurrencyPort
Drecom Co., Ltd.
EMTG
E-Guardian Inc.
Fidel Technologies KK
FISCO Ltd.
HASH Consulting Corporation
HAW International
Hotto Link Inc.
GMO Internet, Inc.
iRidge, Inc.    IndieSquare Inc.
Infoteria Corporation
Japan Third Party Co.,Ltd.
Kataribe,Inc
LOCKON CO.,LTD.
Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
MONEY PARTNERS SOLUTIONS Co.,LTD
Nayuta Co.,Ltd
OKWAVE
OPT Ventures,Inc
Plat’Home Co.,Ltd.
SAKURA internet inc.
SJI Inc.
Tech Bureau, Corp.
Unitedly
Uruma Law Offices Legal Professional Corporation
Founding member companies(34 companies, in alphabetical order)
Arara inc
BASE, Inc.
BtcBox Co.,Ltd.
Bitbank, inc
Clover Lab.,inc.
Consensus Base LLC.
ConsenSys
CurrencyPort
Drecom Co., Ltd.
EMTG
E-Guardian Inc.
Fidel Technologies KK
FISCO Ltd.
HASH Consulting Corporation
HAW International
Hotto Link Inc.
GMO Internet, Inc.
iRidge, Inc.    IndieSquare Inc.
Infoteria Corporation
Japan Third Party Co.,Ltd.
Kataribe,Inc
LOCKON CO.,LTD.
Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
MONEY PARTNERS SOLUTIONS Co.,LTD
Nayuta Co.,Ltd
OKWAVE
OPT Ventures,Inc
Plat’Home Co.,Ltd.
SAKURA internet inc.
SJI Inc.
Tech Bureau, Corp.
Unitedly
Uruma Law Offices Legal Professional Corporation

  • Overview of Consortium

Name: Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC)
Chairman: Inforteria Corporation CEO Yoichiro Hirano 
Vice Chairman: CurrencyPort  CEO Yasunori Sugii
Tech Bureau, Corp. CEO: Takao Asayama
Bureau: FINO LAB, Tokyo Ginko Kyokai Building 14F, 1-3-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda ward Tokyo, Japan
Official Website: http://bccc.global/

  • Advisers

Name(affiliation)    
Masujima Masakazu(Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Attorney at Law)
Lon Wong(CEO, Dragonfly Fintech, Singapore)
Anis Uzzaman(CEO, Fenox VC, Silicon Valley)
Kazutaka Muraguchi(head of Nippon Technology Venture Partners)

  • Upcoming schedule

Date or period: Activity
mid May: First Board Meeting
late June: First General Meeting
By end of 2016: Establish as general incorporated association (voluntary organization as of now)

  • Scope of activity

Consortium member companies will belong to subcommittees below, and take part in activities to promote and enhance blockchain technology as they see fit.

  • Subcommittee Activity

Popularization subcommittee: Promote and educate about blockchain. Hold promotional activities such as events and seminars.
Practical Application subcommittee: Make advancements in applying blockchain to their systems and services, and publish the actual cases.
Technology subcommittee: Improve understanding of blockchain technology, and foster engineers who are at ease with blockchain.
Administration subcommittee: Administering the overall consortium and examining policies

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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